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Raymond Briggs' The Snowman (1982)

Peter Auty , Raymond Briggs , Dianne Jackson  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Auty, Raymond Briggs
  • Directors: Dianne Jackson
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Raymond Briggs' The Snowman" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction by David Bowie

Editorial Reviews

An Academy Award Nominee (Best Animated Short Film, 1982), this delightful animation weaves a spell of magical enchantment as a young boy's snowman comes to life and escorts him on a magical flying visit to the North Pole. Absolutely superlative family enjoyment.

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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and Out of the Ordinary February 4, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Not your usual children's video, THE SNOWMAN will transport you to a magical fantasy world with nothing but moving music and gentle images of this little boy and his wonderful snowy friend. No dialog is needed here, you simply sit back and let yourself relax and enjoy the experience. First time I showed this film to my classroom of four year olds they were fixated to the screen and I was amazed at how much emotion the story evoked in me. I bought the film for my own nieces and they watch it over and over, not just at holiday time. It has now become a classic in our own children's video library. A must have for the entire family.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Snowman January 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The first time I was able to view this film was with my son's preschool group. The class was silent and all the children sat in awe of the magnificent journey of James and the Snowman. Once the film was finished, they begged the teacher to play it again. I have 7 children ranging in age 14 months to 13 years, and they all love it as well. The touching music and beautiful animation make you feel like you are right there with them on their journey. It brought tears to my eyes when he wakes in the morning to find his snowman gone, but the gift from his trip to visit Santa is still in his pocket, giving him the sense that it wasn't a dream after all.This film has something for everyone.Brilliant!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The music makes it May 7, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this video, indeed searched for it after I heard the snowman's song. I take it out to listen to it often. I wish they would release a sound track or something. The song is haunting and lyrical. It feels like flying through a winter sky should feel. Enjoy it for yourself.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you wish all childrens videos were like. . . November 21, 1999
By Sharer
Format:VHS Tape
Excellent music, glowing illustrations, a story that's sweet but not cloyinginly so--this lovely little movie was a favorite of my children's from toddlerhood on. The story of a small boy showing a snowman around his house is simple enough for a 1-year-old to grasp, especially since it is told without words. But the humor and magic of the film (especially the flight to the North Pole) continue to captivate my 5-year-old. And, the music and artwork is so superior to typical childrens movie fare, you actually don't mind hearing it for the 45th time.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter Enchantment November 27, 1999
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I have seen this film dozens of times, and every time it has the same effect on me. As if by magic, I am transported just like the little boy when his beloved snowman takes his hand and they fly to a frozen land of enchantment. The flying sequence, along with the beautiful music, is just breathtaking. And the innocence of story, even Raymond Briggs short introduction, is absolutely charming. I recommend this for "children" of all ages.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable holiday experience... July 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The little boy in this lovely tale so perfectly represents kids in that great age of wonder and imagination where everything is possible; every dream and every adventure. When I first saw The Snowman (some 18 years ago!), it left me with such a heart warming impression that even to this day every time I watch the film, I become that little girl who was so taken in awe and admiration after the first viewing of the film. This film is a great family movie where both kids and adults will enjoy its beautiful tale, and a holiday must. I especially recommand it to all of us who are still a kid at heart and are eager to recapture a little of bit of that sense of childhood magic and wonder- amid the chaotic world of being a grown up!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Snowman - It makes you cry, it's so wonderful! November 8, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
My husband and I first saw this video on public television about 15 years ago and thought it was fabulous, and anxiously waited for it to play during the Christmas season. When our daughter was born, it was finally available on VHS and she would sit mesmerized watching the color and and listening to the music throughout the movie. She wouldn't move as she sat in my lap and watched. There is not one little thing that is violent or scary -- just wonderful! It is a very special movie to share with your family!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny. warm, family classic my kids love! November 7, 1999
By Tracy
Format:VHS Tape
With out any words this wonderful story comes to life with Raymond Briggs wonderful drawings and a music score you'll find yourself singing to yourself afterwards! It is a humorous and touching story of a little boys friendship with his snowman and their one night of adventures together. The "flight" scene to the north pole is hauntingly beautiful. My children continue to choose this movie because of its humor, the drawings, the music and the friendship the boy James has with the Snowman. A wonderful journey into fantasy.
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REading everyone's comments about this dvd it seems that this version does in fact have the original intro or no intro at all. It falsely claims to have the bowie intro. So I would risk getting it because I think it is the original. I hope so anyway. If I do get it I will update here to let... Read More
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